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Poster: -FP- Date: May 20, 2003 1:14am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

I tried this and it works:
Burn the MPEG2 files to a regular data CD-R, making sure it has an extension of .mpg (as many Prelinger MPEG2 files do). Many new DVD players, such as my APEX 1100W, will play these CDs as if they were DVDs. You don't have to do any transcoding, and the quality is the equal of a DVD. Of course, a 700MB CD-R has very little capacity compared to a DVD, but most of the films available here are short, so you can fit at least one or more on a disc. There's no authoring or tricky stuff involved. My DVD player presents me with a menu from which I can choose the MPEG I want to see, and if I choose the first in the list, it will play all the files on the CD. This has been great for the SIGGRAPH shorts available elsewhere on this site. They're very short, so I can fit a ton of them on one CD.

I have not tried this with recordable DVDs.

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Poster: Percy Dovetonsils Date: May 22, 2003 1:55am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

Okay-A couple of things i don't understand yet.Now the MPEG2 movies-these are the ones listed as DVD?They all seem to have .mpeg suffixes rather than .mpg (at least the ones I've downloaded).Now i assume you can't just change the suffixes on them, can you?Or are there files marked as DVD that have .mpg suffixes?

I burned some .mpg files (the ones marked VCD on the download page) to a disc that would not play in my Sampo DVD player (which is about a year old)-I'm going to go to a store and try that Apex but i want to make sure I'm burning the correct filetype.You said you haven't tried this on a recordable DVD-any guesses as to whether it would work?



Thanks for any other help or suggestions-Spike

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Poster: Popochas Date: May 22, 2003 2:27am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

The MPEG2 refers to the video encoding used by DVD movies. If you want to play the movie on a DVD, I suggest you create a VCD (Video CD) disk using a regular CD-R disk. Usually using Nero or similar authoring software will do the trick. Also, search Google with "Creating VCD" or similar keywords. For hints on the cumbersome process of burning a movie onto a DVD disk, search for "DVD ripping" or similar.
Cheers. - Popochas

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Poster: Percy Dovetonsils Date: May 22, 2003 4:42am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

My post was actually referring to an earlier post that suggested burning a data cd in Toast of Mpeg2 files that have a suffix of .mpg rather than .mpeg.If you try and burn these files to a video cd in toast it doesn't work-hence the need for burning a data cd.My question was about .mpg versus .mpeg and if there is such a thing as an mpeg2 file that has a suffix of .mpg rather than .mpeg (i haven't found any on the site yet-the "dvd" files are .mpeg as far as i can tell)-the other thing mentioned earlier in this thread is that I'm on the Mac os so many of the helpful suggestions folks have made don't seem to apply to my situation...please check out the whole thread and let me know if you can answer my question-

Thanks!

Spike

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Poster: Popochas Date: May 22, 2003 6:46am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

Most DVD players (I bet yours too) can play VCD disks. One of the differences between a VCD and a DVD is the video encoding: MPEG2 for DVDs MPEG1 for VCD (the extension is meaningless and a carry-over from the DOS 8.3 era, and perhaps used on this site to differentiate between MPEG1 and MPEG2 video files.)
To create a VCD you need to re-encode the movie using a MPEG1 encoder (most authoring softwares support this) and burn it to a CD (not a DVD). Your DVD player will detect the VCD disk and use its internal MPEG1 decoder to play the movie.

If you burn a MPEG2 movie to a CD, then the end product is known as a SVCD (Super-VCD), unfortunately most DVD players do not support this feature yet.
Cheers. -Popochas

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Poster: -FP- Date: May 22, 2003 6:47am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

I just changed the .xxx extension to .mpg, and the MPEG2 files played in my DVD player from a data CD with no re-encoding. Some of the Prelinger MPEG2 files have the extension .mpeg, some .mpg, and others have the double extension mpeg.mpg or mpeg.mpg. The files will work in my player either with the .mpg or .mpeg.mpg extensions. It's as simple as renaming the files with the proper three-letter extension.

I'm on the PC platform.

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Poster: Percy Dovetonsils Date: May 30, 2003 5:16am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

Thanks for the advice.I bought a new DVD player and this is basically working for me except about half the mpegs only take up half the screen.Have you ever had this problem?

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Poster: -FP- Date: May 30, 2003 5:36am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

A few titles do that. I regard it as nothing more than a nuisance, because I downloaded and burned these things to CD for reasons other than watching them on the living room TV. The ability to do so in a cheap DVD player was an unexpected bonus.

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Poster: Percy Dovetonsils Date: May 20, 2003 3:29am
Forum: prelinger Subject: Re: I Love the Prelinger Collection but why can't I just burn a dvd?

thanks for that tip-my computer is in the shop til sunday but i will surely try this when i get it back-hope it works.

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